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Javid backs North Yorkshire retail park

Javid backs North Yorkshire retail park

Plans for a 'designer outlet centre' on 14 hectares of agricultural land to the south west of Darlington in North Yorkshire have been approved by the communities secretary after he concluded that there were no viable alternative sites and that the scheme would not have an undue negative effect on nearby town centres.

Plans approved for 22-storey Bristol tower despite heritage concerns

Plans approved for 22-storey Bristol tower despite heritage concerns

Plans have been approved for a major 274-home, mixed-use scheme in central Bristol, including a 22 storey tower, despite a recommendation from Historic England that the scheme be refused on heritage grounds.

Council refuses Essex retail park for second time

Council refuses Essex retail park for second time

An Essex council has refused plans for a retail-led mixed-use scheme on an 11.75-hectare site on the edge of Colchester for a second time, after planners concluded that the development would have a 'significant adverse impact' on the future prosperity of the town's centre.

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Why new driverless car technology could shake up placemaking

Why new driverless car technology could shake up placemaking

A commitment in the Queen's Speech to push forward with a roll-out of driverless cars, also known as autonomous vehicles, could have huge implications for planners and place-making, according to experts.

Why the High Court ruled that a council's £170,000 CIL demand was unlawful

Why the High Court ruled that a council's £170,000 CIL demand was unlawful

A High Court ruling confirms that town halls cannot group planning permissions together when deciding whether development should be charged the Community Infrastructure Levy, according to legal experts.

The implications of Sunday trading plans for town centre vitality

The implications of Sunday trading plans for town centre vitality

Some town centres could benefit more than others as a result of plans to devolve decision-making for setting Sunday trading hours to local authorities, practitioners have said.

Why parish-level planners in Milton Keynes are locked in dispute with their council

Why parish-level planners in Milton Keynes are locked in dispute with their council

90,000 people backed the neighbourhood plan for central Milton Keynes. But its authors say the borough ignored the plan in approving a shopping centre extension. By Winnie Agbonlahor.


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